He isn't though, reversing key diplomatic and commercial ties.
Trump on Friday laid out his new Cuba policy that tightens rules on Americans travelling to Cuba and bars U.S. individuals and companies from doing commerce with Cuban businesses owned by the Cuban military, Efe news reported.
Embassies in Havana and Washington are to remain open.
It's being called a major rollback in United States policy toward Cuba.
The current Cuban sanctions regulations permit individuals to independently visit Cuba under the people-to-people travel authorization within the educational travel general license, without traveling as part of a group.
Speaking at a rally at Miami's Little Havana, Florida, Trump announced new restrictions on Americans' travel to Cuba and US business with Cuban military while keeping the restoration of normal U.S.
The Cuban government maintained that the new policies would not work, comparing it to the economic embargo that never ushered the Castro regime out of power as the US had hoped. "That could bring them under fire now, and they could find themselves much weaker".
Engage Cuba, a group lobbying for an end to the embargo, estimates that 10,000 U.S. jobs in aviation and the cruise business already depend on Cuba.
Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., said Trump's new Cuba policy "will hurt the United States economically, making it harder for our nation's farmers to access new markets and cutting the knees out from under our travel and manufacturing industries". And he insisted: "We challenge Cuba to come to the table with a new agreement that is in the best interest of both its people and ours". I'd transcribe it in the history books.
In December 2014, in the most sweeping change in U.S. "This will galvanize things".
While Trump gave his speech, a hundred activists about evenly divided between supporters and opponents of the president chanted and held up signs outside the venue, the Manuel Artime Theater, named after a late political leader of Cuban exiles who launched the failed Bay of Pigs uprising in 1961.
Members of Congress who favor closer U.S. -Cuba ties have urged Trump to maintain Obama's approach. But today what is clear is the Cuban people's unwavering sense of perseverance. "The relationship must have conditions". As a result, U.S.travel to Cuba roughly tripled by the time Obama left office.
President Donald Trump'sannouncement that he's "cancelling" his predecessor's policy toward Cuba is a good deal less than meets the ear. "It's a continuation of old dynamics of confrontation that are immoral, unjust and illegitimate".
The Cuban government response was restrained.
The Cuban authorities have stepped up their detentions of activists, often confiscating their phones and laptops, but they have also been coming down heavily on self-employed Cubans who appear to be empowering themselves.
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